Handicap should rule Dowell Street site out of race for community centre.

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The Honiton Community Centre meeting - Herald, April 4- was a mixture of enthusiasts urging the project on and those apprehensive over the costs.

The Dowell Street site, having been the town’s rubbish dump, is a very expensive site upon which to build as special, expensive - £40k to £140k - foundations are required.

This nugatory expenditure has to be raised by fund-raising, which is difficult enough as it is without this additional financial handicap .

The solution to the problem is to go back to the original Lace Walk site. This has four advantages. No expensive foundations, extra parking revenue for the district council, cost savings for both the community centre and the Tourist Information Centre and retention of the coach park upon which the prosperity of the High Street and museum rely.

An all round win-win situation for everyone .

Return to Lace walk!

R Nix

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  • I fully agree that the Lace Walk site would have been far better - apart from reasons stated here it is closer to the centre and more likely to get increased footfall increasing viability. Also the possibility of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery and the community arts complex being adjacent was a significant factor in both the acquisition of the gallery and the earmarking of the Lace walk site for the centre. However, it is no use crying over spilt milk. The failure to muster support for the Town Poll in favour of the old plan was sad, and must not happen again. It is important to realise that the anti brigade are against the centre irrespective of the cost. They simply are now too bloody-minded to recognise the vision for Honiton's future. IF a second poll is called for, and I hope not, it would be a travesty of democracy, then the Town Council and the complex supporters must pull out all the stops to make sure everyone sees the support that I am sure is there for the project, to finally put an end to the whingers.

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    Alan Tootill

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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